Liberals elect Elizabeth Lee as new leader

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Elizabeth Lee… elected as new ACT Liberal leader.

ELIZABETH Lee has been chosen to lead the Canberra Liberals through its next term in opposition. 

The change in leadership comes after the party suffered a 3 per cent swing against them at the October 17 election, led by Yerrabi’s Alistair Coe.

Ms Lee was voted in as leader today (October 27) and Giulia Jones will join her as deputy leader, replacing Nicole Lawder. The appointment of both Ms Lee and Ms Jones is the first time a Canberra Liberals party has been led by two women. 

Ms Lee, who is labelled as being from the moderate wing of the party, replaces Alistair Coe as leader, and says she’s passionate about being a voice for all Canberrans.

“Regardless of who people voted for, we will be a voice for all Canberrans and ensure that the Labor-Greens government is firmly held to account and that our community always comes first,” Ms Lee says.

“I am committed to making Canberra the connected capital, bringing people together so that in 2024, we can deliver to Canberra the government it deserves.”

South Korean-born, Ms Lee, 41, migrated to Australia in 1986 when she was seven years old and grew up in Western Sydney. She moved to Canberra to study law and Asian studies at ANU.

Ms Lee worked as a law lecturer and solicitor before entering the Assembly in 2016. She is a mother of one.

Ms Lee thanked Mr Coe and former party deputy Nicole Lawder for their leadership in the last term.

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